Transport yourself along the Silk Road at the Aga Khan Foundation’s artisanal market, rich with traditional craftsmanship, unique products, dance performances and more!
From 22-24 July, a select group of artisanal vendors will come together to form the Silk Road Bazaar 2022. Shoppers will learn about artisanal crafts from across the Middle East and Asia and be able to purchase Pakistani homeware, Afghan jewellery, Grade A organic saffron from Iran, small batch artisan teas and baklava and much more. Shoppers will be able to support artisans from a number of countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, and Syria. Food and drink from countries across Eurasia will also be available.
Some key events not to miss:
1. The bazaar will be hosting a special classical Indian musical and dance performance from Akademi at 1pm on Saturday 23 July.
2. Master calligrapher Soraya Syed will be giving a live digital demonstration of her beautiful work on Islamic calligraphy, followed by a Q&A at 3pm and 5pm on Saturday 23 July.
3. And running throughout the weekend will be a digital version of ‘The Silk Road: A Living History’ exhibition by photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer. Sit back (on a Persian carpet of course) sip chai and travel 40,000km across Eurasia from London to Beijing.
When to go:
Friday 22 July: 12pm – 8pm
Saturday 23 July: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 24 July: 11am – 6pm
Where to go:
Canopy Market, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH
Some of the vendors to look forward to:
Art of the Pen: Original art from classically trained calligrapher Soraya Syed.
Attar Apothecary: Grade A, organic, single farmer Saffron from Iran.
Çaplait Shoes: Contemporary Peshawari chappals (sandals) underscored by heritage and bought to life by artisans.
Ishkar: Handcrafted jewellery, homeware, fashions and hampers from places that are, or have been, affected by conflict or political turbulence.
Ishq: Unique, sustainable and eco-friendly artefacts from across the subcontinent including tapestries, vintage accessories and clothing.
Nimuri: Ethically sourced fashion and homeware made by Pakistani artisans.
Pink Tea Café: Finest specialty teas, artisan chai blends and exquisite handcrafted baklava.
Makani: Purses, bags and cushions handmade by Syrian refugee women.
S jo Accessories: One-of-a-kind accessories, drawing inspiration from traditional textile craftsmanship and handcrafted by artisans, mainly women, from villages in Pakistan.
The 2021 bazaar: